Martha's Vineyard Sharks off to a 4-1 start

The Island’s collegiate baseball team won their first home game of the season on Thursday, defeating the North Shore Navigators 5-2.

Soren Hanson pitched against the North Shore Navigators on opening day Thursday. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks season has officially begun, and it started with a bang. The team won three games in four days.

The Island’s collegiate baseball team played their first home game of the season on Thursday, defeating the North Shore Navigators 5-2. After trailing for the first half of the game, Ricky Surum knocked in the Sharks’ first run with an RBI single. Donovan Casey went 3-5 on the night, scoring a run and knocking one home. Pitcher Evan Roberts got the win.

On Friday, the Sharks traveled to Brockton, where they lost to the Brockton Rox 8-2. The Sharks were hampered by the outstanding play of Rox pitcher Will Whitlock, who only gave up one hit in his four innings of work. Sharks pitcher Matthew Tulley, who picked up the loss, allowed three runs while striking out six.

The Sharks traveled to Worcester on Saturday and did not disappoint, defeating the Worcester Bravehearts 11-4. The Sharks played excellent team baseball, having every player record at least one hit. Standouts included outfielder Steven Foster, who stole two bases, and relief pitcher Mac Curran, who struck out all three batters he faced.

Following the Friday night loss to the Brockton Rox, the Sharks reversed the script on Sunday night, and defeated the Rox 8-2 at the Shark Tank. The Sharks began the game with two unearned runs from a Brockton fielding error, with Brian Campbell and Donovan Casey scoring. Donovan Casey was involved again in the third inning, hitting a double and eventually scoring on a Chris Weiss single. The Sharks put the game away for good in the eighth inning. Leading 4-2, Steven Foster led off the inning with a walk. Ryan Kelly then hit a monster triple, scoring Foster. The very next batter, Jack Roberts, singled home Ryan Kelly to extend the lead to 6-2. Jack Roberts and Brian Campbell then scored unearned runs, giving the Sharks an unlosable lead. Pitcher Justin Garcia went six innings, giving up only one earned run while striking out five.

Before the start of the game, student athletes Aubrey Ashmun and Yannick Gonsalves, who will be playing their respective sports in college, received $1,000 scholarships from the Sharks Charitable Foundation.

The Sharks’ next home game is Tuesday, June 9, against the Bristol Blues.